Description: The Australian fires have shown definitively that liberal democracy cannot handle climate emergency and that liberals and conservatives are prepared to hand control to unelected regimes or “disaster supremos.” Can the left provide an alternative in time? Bill, Rachel, Nate.
Description: Bill and Rachel recap some of the most influential domestic political events or developments of the 2010s for the US left and progressives: Reproductive freedom battles, Senate climate failures, Manning leaks, Senate rules reform failure, Wisconsin protests, Occupy movement, the rise of rank-and-file teacher unionism, Snowden leaks, Black Lives Matter movement, marriage equality, Bernie Sanders, the airport protests, the climate strikes, the flight attendants union.
Description: Bill notes in the aftermath of UK Labour’s election defeat that there is still no alternative to fighting for a leftist way forward on the climate crisis. Rachel and Nate discuss Ireland’s constitutional convention as a possible model for future reform.
"We must be the great arsenal of democracy. For us this is an emergency as serious as war itself. We must apply ourselves to our task with the same resolution, the same sense of urgency, the same spirit of patriotism and sacrifice as we would show were we at war."
-Pres. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, December 29, 1940